MacGathering & SoHo Tech Show, LA 2006 • Location
Location • Directions • Things to do in the area
The MacGathering for So Cal takes place at Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn in LA.
The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn
4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, California 91602
Immediately at the Vineland Exit of the 101
Phone: 818-980-8000 or 1-800-Beverly - for hotel info, not show info
Special Hotel Pricing
After checking the online travel discounters, we arrived at an excellent price — just $109 (+ tax). This price is for rooms with 1 king or 2 queen beds for up to 4 adults.
- Free wi-fi hotel-wide
- Heated outdoor pool
- Air Conditioned Exercise Room
- Two lighted Tennis Courts
- Free safe deposit boxes at the front desk
- Free Shuttle to Universal Studios & CityWalk
- Auto rental agency
- Tour ticket sales on site
- Kid's playground
- Kids up to age 12 stay and eat free
Eating at the MacGathering
Tula, the hotel's restaurant, is just steps away from our exhibit hall. Tula is open from 6am - 11pm.
They have a selection of menu items that can be prepared quickly and keep your lunch under $10.
Of course you can also order from the full menu.
You'll also find several eateries within a few miles in each direction.
Splash, the hotel's award-winning bar, is also right there. It's a great place to hang out at in the evening, spending social time with fellow attendees and perhaps our vendors and speakers. Splash is open from 6am - 11pm.
For convenience, here's a link to our favorite online map to help you find our show.
There's plenty of parking at the hotel for $5 a day. For those staying overnight, parking is $9 and includes in and out priviledges. Take a ticket at the parking gate, pay at the hotel desk, then use your payment validation to exit the parking lot.
There is also street parking right across from the hotel. You can see the neighborhood streets on this Google map.
The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn is just 1 mile from Universal Studios/CityWalk.
The Metro Red Line stops on Lankershim at the Universal City station, across from Universal Studios. That's .9 miles by car or walking walkable streets. You can see the walk/drive on this Google map. Our hotel has a free shuttle from Universal to the hotel. We'll soon post the exact details of where you catch that shuttle. (A call may be necessary.) (Note: the Metro map linked above is not to scale: Highland is not east of Western.)
The Metro Red Line subway meets the Blue Line downtown and provides service through Downtown, the Mid-Wilshire area, Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley, It meets the Metro Orange Line transitway in the San Fernando Valley.
There are buses that stop at the Universal City bus stop.
The MTA Metro Trip Planner on the MTA's home page can help you find your way.
Note: The ads are here with the hope they'll provide more info on shuttle and limo services or about things your family can do in the area.
The two best airports:
- LAX — hosting many airlines
This airport is 23.9 mi via 2 freeways. See a map from LAX to our hotel.
- You can take the free Lot C Shuttle bus from LAX to the Metro Rail Green Line (Aviation Station), but 5 or 6 stops later you need to switch to the Blue Line going north, then 10 stops later transfer to the Red Line and get off at Universal City station. (Then use the hotel's free shuttle.) The MTA planner does not come up with this though — I planned it from maps — so check before you try it.
- SuperShuttle (800-554-3146)
- PrimeTime Shuttle (800-RED VANS) — online form says $21 shared van, $83.94 for private van up to 7 passengers, or $83.95 for a Luxury Sedan for up to 3 passengers. (Note that they say the rate is better when you reserve online.) Travel time is about 1.5 hours.
- Metro Bus 96 (Sherman Oaks) heading south for $4.50. Trip time is about 43 minutes. Distance is 7.82 miles.
- SuperShuttle (800-554-3146)
- PrimeTime Shuttle (800-RED VANS) — online form says $14 shared van, $62.10 for private van up to 7 passengers, or $62.10 for a Luxury Sedan for up to 3 passengers. (Note: they say the rate is better when you reserve online.) Travel time about 1 hour.
Things to do in the area
Wondering what your family can do if they're not into computers? Here are some things they can enjoy in the area.
- There's a whole page of things to do listed at Shadovitz.com.
- Citywalk — a mall outside Universal Studios. It's a shopping mall, but a bit more entertaining. If you're taking the hotel's free shuttle it's worth going to. If you're paying to park, skip it. Kids like playing in the waters that shoot up from the ground.
- Hollywood Entertainment Museum (1 stop south on the Metro Red Line)
- Walk down Hollywood Blvd and see the Walk of Fame and see what's left of the ambiance of the old Grauman's Chinese theater (Same Metro Red Line stop)
- TV tapings:
- Be an extra in a movie:
- Rollerskate at Moonlight Rollerway — a great indoor wooden-floored rink in Glendale
(After you skate there you'll recognize it in many a movie.)
- Travel to the beach towns and skate on the beach skate paths, or rent a bike and cycle. There are many places to rent both.
- Ride a horse at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center — 480 Riverside Dr. Burbank, CA 9150
- And those of you staying at the hotel overnight and bringing a family can arrange for Sunday Brunch and magic at the Magic Castle. (Talk to Deborah to arrange this.
- Universal Studios, Hollywood is just 1 mile by free shuttle but to be honest, most people find it expensive and not worth the admission fee or time.
This page was last updated May 2006.